Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Here are details on our current panel of advisors:

Claire Boland
Career Advisor

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Rachel Cox
Career Advisor

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Olivia Ecker
Career Advisor

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Lara Gardner
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Joy Hodge
Career Advisor

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Peter Large
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Prashant Pandya
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Al Rankin
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Schedule of Events

Jan 9 | Creating a Great LinkedIn Profile While in Transition | Martin Brossman, Martin Brossman Speaks

LinkedIn is the place to be when you’re in transition.  It is the number one place employers post jobs and look for candidates.  Your LinkedIn profile is extremely important to help you attract the types of jobs you are interested in.  If the profile is set up properly, you will get the attention of those who can help you land.  This seminar will help attendees create professional, attention-getting LinkedIn profiles.

Martin Brossman of Martin Brossman Speaks has taught courses on LinkedIn since LinkedIn was first released to the public.  He has his own speaking business, MartinBrossmanSpeaks.com, as well as his own coaching business, coachingsupport.com. Martin is also the founder of the Certificate of Social Media Management and Marketing Certificate program at NC State University.

Jan 16 | How to Create a Pecha Kucha Presentation for your Job Search | Alan Christianson – The Christianson Agency

Everyone that is in transition looks for a way to stand out from the competition.  A Pecha Kucha presentation based on your qualifications, skills, job history and personal contributions is the perfect way to let prospective employers know why you’re the right choice.  This presentation will help you develop your own Pecha Kucha presentation and will enable you to stand out in your job search.

Alan Christianson is the owner of The Christianson Agency, a company that represents corporate speakers and trainers.  Alan has been in transition several times during the course of his lifetime, and has key insights that can help anyone looking for their next adventure.

Jan 23 | How to be Your Best Professional Self | Dr. Holly A. Sullenger, Dr. Holly Speaks

Employers look not only for individuals that can do the work, they want to add a team member that plays well with others in the work environment.  In fact, there are 10 characteristics that employers look for when hiring for any position.  This seminar will show participants how to display the 10 characteristics and put their best professional foot forward.

Dr. Holly Sullenger is a corporate speaker, trainer and consultant.  Her business, Dr. Holly Speaks, provides educational experiences and events that help employees stay relevant.  Dr. Holly is also the facilitator of Wake Technical Community College’s Career Transitions Forum.

Jan 30 | How to be Successful in Spite of Technology Disruption in Your Next Position | John Ruppel, TYIIR Institute, LLC

Whether you think of yourself as working in a technology-based company or not, technology is such a big part of industry today that you must deal with the disruption that is caused by technology in any type of position.  In this presentation, John will help you learn how to be successful in your next position in spite of this technology disruption.

John Ruppel is the owner of TYIIR Institute, LLC, working to affect culture change that will ensure that organizations are successful at digital transformation.  Additionally, TYIIR Institute is currently helping DASA re-write global standards for DevOps. 

Location:
Trinity Baptist Church - Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:
Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!

CTF Link9.20edIn Group
This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 


What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
 
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
 
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
 
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni

Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni


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